Breast milk is the most recommended source of nutrition for babies, especially during the first six months of life, containing all the necessary components for the baby’s healthy development. But what can a mother do when she does not have enough breast milk or breastfeeding is impossible? In such cases, an obvious alternative to breastfeeding is baby formula, but it is essential to choose the right one based on quality ingredients. Despite the variety of compositions of infant formulas, the principle is the same. Put fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, add vitamins and minerals, and additional ingredients (prebiotics, probiotics, and other additives). In the end, the main difference in formulas is the sources of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
Let’s focus on carbohydrates in this case and figure out what’s best to take and what’s best left on the shelf.
Types of carbohydrates
Sugar is a carbohydrate, so you can find sugar in some formulas. And since a baby needs to digest carbohydrates quickly and easily, sugar as a fast carbohydrate is logically used for this purpose.
Fast carbohydrates (sugar, fructose, lactose) can be found in added sugar, fruits, vegetables, and milk. They dissolve in liquids almost immediately and are absorbed into the bloodstream, supplying the body with energy. There is definitely a benefit to this: stimulating mental and physical activity and improving psycho-emotional status by increasing the level of endorphins in the blood.
Slow carbohydrates (starch, pectin, cellulose) are found in cereals, vegetables, and fruits. These carbohydrates are not water-soluble and are slowly metabolized by the body, which means a longer energy output, essential for maintaining a long-term feeling of fullness and well-being.
Lactose in baby formula
Lactose is a milk sugar contained in any dairy product, including breast milk and formula, which positively affects the baby’s digestion. Exactly this component makes breast milk sweet. But milk sugar is not the same as table sugar, which is harmful to the baby.
Lactose is vital for the growing baby’s body because it nourishes the baby’s brain and is good for the gut microbiota. In order for the composition of such milk to be as optimal as possible, it is enough for a mother to eat a full meal, adhering to a healthy lifestyle.
If we talk about infant formula, you can also find lactose in its composition. This applies to a standard formula recommended for feeding healthy babies. If the formula is diluted correctly, it will taste sweet, and your baby will enjoy drinking it. The most beneficial food for infants and toddlers is a sugar-free diet. It stimulates the baby’s healthy development in the first months and years of life.
In the pursuit of creating the ideal baby formula, scientists have created a certain “recipe” as close as possible to the composition of breast milk. But each particular manufacturer adds its improvements to the formula.
Organic brand Holle never uses artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives, or refined sugar in its baby products. Holle Formula is made only from 100% natural ingredients with no chemicals added. Organic baby food is the best choice for your baby to grow healthy.